Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback

I watch a lot of movies, and a lot of movies about music, but this one really stood out. The band themselves have always been amazing to me, or at least since I found out about them. And I'd seen this DVD kicking around for a while and forgotten to see it. I'm so glad I did.

It is rare to see a music documentary that doesn't play out like a VH1 Behind the Scenes. This film gives so much context that when they become the monks, you already feel like you know them as individuals. All the members are interviewed now. They talk to their managers. They explain the context of Germany and the US Army in Germany.

It is clear exactly how the band approached their music and how their managers actually worked with them to shape an approach that basically shaped modern music for the next half century. And of course there is so so much live footage that makes you just freak out. It is really well told and edited, and there are no jarring silly "filmic" techniques. A very "German" movie that focuses on the band and the people around them, giving broader cultural context only when needed. I love this film.

Gangster Rap is dead.

Still love these jams:

More evidence.

If you are like me and think that the whole world is crazy, here is more proof to make your point.
Look at the books in the top 100 readers choices!
(shout out to Austin for this)

Why is it so difficult for people to listen?


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Your company is fucked.
“You are a den of vipers and thieves. I intend to rout you out, and by the eternal God, I will rout you out.” Andrew Jaskson said about something else.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Are you trying to draw scary things? This will help.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

And that led to a bunch of amazing videos, of course:


This is still one of my favorite pieces of film/music together:

But still not as good as this, which is my most favorite video ever (depending on the day):


Monday, May 17, 2010


Gamera is coming to DVD.
Part 2 is coming in July.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sold a lot of bricks.

Don't try to send no numbers.

Employment opportunities:

Clark Colvin

Meet Oregon's best new candidate for gov'ner:

He is a total idiot. His slogan is nice though: "Let's roll..."

Thursday, May 13, 2010


I used to have the original Michael Larson episodes of Press Your Luck on VHS.
But here's a documentary about how he figured out the patterns and beat the Whammy:

Seriously... Amazing!

Part 1 of 11. Watch all 11 parts:

wasaup wasup wasup was up sup commmmmon wasup

you don't need the audio on this

Barbarian Comics

Make it yourself.

Joe Vigil Movie Reviews

Get used to this:

How to makes comics.

Barbarian News on Frank Frazetta paintings.

I wish this guy would do my local news.

Friday, May 7, 2010

This am weird.

"9. Start Reading
Reading is a great way to escape your day-to-day troubles. Go to a bookstore and kill two birds with one stone – find a book and a brand new man. Some men love to learn and are always looking for reading material. If you’re browsing the same aisle, then you know you have something in common."

Ten places to meet men.